Grenville T. Emmet

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Grenville T. Emmet (August 2, 1877 – September 26, 1937), was an American attorney and diplomat. He practiced law with Franklin D. Roosevelt and served as United States Ambassador to the Netherlands and Austria.

Life and career[edit]

Grenville Temple Emmet was born in New Rochelle, New York on August 2, 1877. He was educated at Concord, New Hampshire's Saint Paul's School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University in 1898.[1]

In 1898 Emmet joined the New York National Guard's 69th Infantry Regiment as a Second Lieutenant. He remained with the unit when it was federalized for service in the Spanish–American War. Emmet was promoted to First Lieutenant and appointed as the regiment's adjutant. He continued to serve in the National Guard, and remained active in veterans organizations.[2][3][4][5]

In 1901 Emmet received his law degree from New York Law School. After attaining admission to the bar he practiced in partnership with Langdon Marvin and Franklin Roosevelt as part of a firm founded by Thomas Addis Emmet in 1805. (Roosevelt would practice with Emmet at various times in his career. The firm continues to operate and is currently known as Emmet, Marvin & Martin.)[6][7]

A Democrat, in 1934 Roosevelt named him United States Ambassador to the Netherlands.[8][9] He served until 1937, when he was appointed United States Ambassador to Austria.[10]

Emmet was ill with pneumonia when he arrived in Austria, and he was Ambassador for only 10 days. He died in Vienna's Hotel Bristol on September 26, 1937.[11][12] He is buried at Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church in Bedford, New York.[13][14]


  1. ^ Harvard College, Harvard College Class of 1898, Quindecennial Report, 1913, page 94
  2. ^ Magazine of American History, The Emmet family in America, Volume 31, Numbers 1–3, (January–March, 1903), page 140
  3. ^ New York Adjutant General, Annual Report, 1899, page 189
  4. ^ New York Adjutant General, Annual Report, Part 2, 1903, page 327
  5. ^ New York Times, "Old Guard Will Hold Reception", January 24, 1926
  6. ^ Arthur Russell Wilcox, The Bar of Rye Township, Westchester County, New York, 1918, page 252
  7. ^ Emmet, Marvin & Martin, LLP, Emmet: 200 Years, 1805–2005, 2005, pages 7, 10–11
  8. ^ Christian Science Monitor, "Envoy to Holland Named", January 2, 1934
  9. ^ New York Times, "Holland Receives Our Envoy", March 23, 1934
  10. ^ New York Times, "G. T. Emmet to Austria: Roosevelt Names New Yorker as Minister", July 7, 1937
  11. ^ New York Times, "In Office Ten Days, U.S. Minister Dies; Grenville T. Emmet Victim of Pneumonia in Vienna", September 27, 1937
  12. ^ New York Times, "Emmet Services at Vienna Today", September 30, 1937
  13. ^ Grenville Temple Emmet at Find A Grave, accessed December 14, 2012
  14. ^ New York Times, "G. T. Emmet Funeral to be Held Monday", October 16, 1937

External resources[edit]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Laurits S. Swenson
U.S. Minister to the Netherlands
Succeeded by
George A. Gordon
Preceded by
George S. Messersmith
U.S. Minister to Austria
Succeeded by
John C. Wiley